The commissioner, who submitted his report to the court recently, has identified 3.95 acres of encroachment on the lake, which is located on survey number 112 of Byrasandra village, Varthur hobli,

The new system will check illegal sale of notified or acquired properties

At a time when acquisition of land for public purposes has almost become synonymous with fraud and cheating, the Revenue department has a taken a big step forward to not only prevent hoodwinking of land owners and buyers but also ensure speedy acquisition.

Officials are searching for godowns to store additional food grains

Water tangle: Agro-climatic condition in seven districts in Cauvery basin likely to change

The entire agro-climatic condition in the Cauvery basin area covering seven districts of Karnataka is likely to undergo a change if the contentious final award of the Cauvery River Water Disputes Tribunal (CRDT) is implemented in toto. It is feared that the command areas under key irrigation projects of KRS, Kabini, Hemavathi and Harangi reservoirs would shrink drastically, forcing the farmers, especially those in tail-end areas, to go in for a change in crop pattern. For, the quantum of water allocated by the Tribunal to each of the major projects is far below the existing irrigation potential.

TN govt uses 120-year-old pact to stall tank renewal project

The Karnataka government believes the Tamil Nadu government might have thrown a spoke in its plans for a tank irrigation project, using a 120-year-old agreement between the erstwhile governments of Mysore and Madras. A committee, which clears Central government-funded projects, rejected the State government’s proposal to use sewage water generated in Bangalore to fill up dried tanks in Chikkaballapur and Hoskote under a Central irrigation programme. The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) said no to using sewage water from the City to fill up the dried tanks under the Centre’s Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme because of a hitherto unknown agreement signed on February 18, 1892, between Mysore and Madras.

Nearly 300 wards across the State no longer get piped drinking water

Searing summer heat and drought have hit piped water supply quite hard in urban areas. According to a report on drinking water crisis, prepared by the Department of Municipal Administration (DMA), residents of about 300 wards in various urban local bodies (ULBs) in the State are no longer getting piped water supply.

Steel giant cites low iron content in mines; move casts shadow on GIM-II

At a time when the State government is preparing for the second edition of Global Investors’ Meet (GIM), it has come to light that the world’s largest steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal has withdrawn its application seeking iron ore mining lease at Donimalai forest range in Bellary, citing inferior ore quality.

With the State’s revenue taking a beating due to the blanket ban on iron ore mining, the Finance Department (FD) has decided to make good the shortage by enhancing the rates of other non-tax revenue sources, including user charges on various services being provided by the State government.

In a recent circular issued by the FD, heads of all departments have been directed to initiate steps to revise the rates of user charges and conduct a thorough review of all non-tax revenue sources. Besides, the FD has asked the department heads to launch a vigorous drive to collect arrears.

Chennai-B’lore-Coimbatore- Ernakulam route will also cover Mysore

The Indian Railways has given a go ahead for conducting a feasibility study on its most ambitious plan to introduce high speed train on the Chennai-Bangalore-Coimbatore- Ernakulam route.

Boost to protection of green belt around Bangalore

In a big boost to the protection of green belt around Bangalore, the State Minor Irrigation Department has taken up a project to rejuvenate and fence 18 tanks located within the green belt limits, after clearing encroachments.